School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Creative Writing

Creative Writing Research

Creative Writing is a powerful and dynamic Subject Area in the School, whose members produce exciting creative work and important critical research.


There is a strong tradition of creative and critical dialogue and publication in the School. This has focused on particular areas, including: 

Creative Writing and Literature colleagues also work together to explore the relationship between writing and health, teaching writing in schools, text and public art, text and music, and poetry and translation.

The School has excellent resources for creative writing, including access to the Bloodaxe and Flambard archives, and to the collection of award-winning poet, Barry MacSweeney.

The section is well-known for its strong international links, as well as being deeply embedded in its regional context.

Research Groups and Centres

Research Groups and Centres

Creative Writing staff direct and work closely with the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA), a University Research Centre founded in 2009. The NCLA's primary aim is to contribute to the cultural life of the North East of England through the provision of readings, events, education, publications and projects in the field of creative writing.

The NCLA has hosted lectures and workshops by many major literary figures, including David Almond, Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney, Ian McEwan, Paul Muldoon, Jo Shapcott, and Jeanette Winterson. The School co-sponsors The Newcastle/Bloodaxe Poetry Lectures as a book series with Bloodaxe.